Originally, the Singapore River was the epicentre of early Singapore’s trade. Today, it’s a beautiful part of a bustling city, winding its way directly through the CBD.
Take advantage of the many river cruises, boats and taxis along the Singapore River’s foreshore for the perfect vista of the city. From the impressive skyscrapers at Raffles Place, the enthralling Merlion Park and the spectacular lights of Marina Bay, to the restaurants and bars along the foreshore of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, it’ll be a journey you’ll cherish forever. After several additions and relocations, it now stands proudly in a large Neo-Palladian and Renaissance style building at the Museum Planning Area on Stamford Road. It’s located downstream from Marina Bay near Clarke Quay shopping complex.
Shopping in Singapore’s CBD
With six department stores and 22 shopping malls spanning over nearly 800,000sqm, Orchard Road in Singapore’s CBD is the city's number one shopping destination.
From boutique clothing stores, famed international labels and electronics, to spas, homewares, nightclubs and restaurants, you’ll find everything you need along this 2.2 kilometre-long boulevard.
Best of all, the retail offering on Orchard Road is still growing. Singapore visitors and locals are so enthralled by this shopping hub that even more shops, malls and department stores are opening in the area.
Keen to shop up a storm? Find out more about what’s on at Orchard Road.
Cultural attractions in Singapore’s CBD
When you need a respite from shopping, Singapore’s Museum Planning Area in the CBD has more than its fair share of culture to discover.
From learning about the city’s history and heritage at the National Museum of Singapore and visiting Singapore's oldest Roman Catholic church, to witnessing Singapore and South East Asia’s contemporary art practices at the Singapore Art Museum, there’s plenty to keep history and art aficionados happy.
Make a day of it and finish your cultural escapade with a river cruise and dinner at one of the many delightful foreshore restaurants, before heading back the comfort of your hotel.
Hotels in CBD Singapore
For a conveniently located Singapore CBD hotel, stay at the stylish PARKROYAL on Pickering. Located a five-minute walk from the CBD and Chinatown, this iconic hotel features 367 well-designed rooms and suites with complimentary Internet access, on-site fitness facilities and spa, as well as superior views of the Singapore River, Raffles City and Marina Bay – making it the perfect base from which to explore everything Singapore has to offer.